The Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West Hotel in Plymouth is hosting Winter Bluegrass Weekend: A Festival of Bluegrass & Old Time Music & Dance. As many as 50 groups will play all kinds of bluegrass, string-band and acoustic music on multiple stages throughout the weekend. Don’t miss Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, this year’s Saturday night headline concert. Workshops, dances, instrument exhibitors and round-the-clock jam sessions can also be expected.800.635.3037.
Arts & Performance
Eric Burdon and the Animals have been members of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame since 1994. Burdon was one of Rolling Stone’s 100 greatest voices of all time, and now he’s assembled a fresh iteration of his legendary band for a new tour, coming to Medina Entertainment Center for one night only. 763.478.6661.
The Wayzata High School Jazz Gold Ensemble will play its final concert of the season, featuring classics like The Rippington’s “Morocco,” Thelonious Monk’s “Straight no Chaser” and more. 763.745.6913.
The Northern Pines Harmony Brigade had such a good time hosting its Extreme Quartetting weekend here at the Crowne Plaza Minneapolis West that the group decided to come back. Participants are partnered randomly with three other singers, then given 10 songs to perform in a competition. Registration includes two nights at the hotel, five meals and the music you’ll use during the competition along with professionally prepared learning tracks. Or come to the public performance showcase on Saturday night. 763.559.6600.
As part of the ongoing “Music at Wayzata” concert series, the Wayzata Community Church is hosting the Minnetonka Symphony Orchestra’s annual Young People’s concert. In this performance, the winner of the Young Artists’ Competition will play alongside the orchestra. This year’s featured piece is Benjamin Britten’s “Young People’s Guide to the Orchestra,” as heard in Wes Anderson’s 2012 movie Moonrise Kingdom. David Johnson will narrate the enjoyable, educational piece. 952.473.8877.
The Plymouth Arts Council has organized a night of food, dancing and great music for the holiday of love. Mintahoe Catering provides the buffet-style dining, and up-and-coming international superstars Davina and the Vagabonds provide the music. The blues/jazz band got itsstart right here in Minnesota, but now bring the unique retro-inspired sound to festivals from Switzerland to Romania to Norway. There will also be a cash bar and even a surprise or two. 763.509.5200.
The Wayzata High School Drama Club’s Improv Troupe meets throughout the school year to practice their improvisation skills, so they can show them off in this annual show. You never quite know what to expect seeing this talented group perform, but it’s always impressive. 763.745.6621.
Minnesota Music Hall of Fame inductees The Del Counts, features frontman Charlie Schoen, known as “the human jukebox”, bassist Bobby Jones, who has been a part of the local music scene since 1966, and James “Owl” Walsh, the only musician in Minn. history to win six individual Minnesota Music Hall of Fame awards. The Del Counts play just about any rock and roll song from the 50’s, 60’s, or early 70’s. Don’t miss the special lesson the Del Counts will be giving at 7:30. $12. Doors open at 7 p.m., lesson 7:30 p.m, music 8:30 p.m. 763.478.6661.
The Chancel Choir section leaders at Wayzata Community Church have collaborated to put together this incredibly diverse and exciting concert set, featuring everything from music by Schubert and Mendelssohn to opera from Mozart and Verdi to the cabaret music of Weill, Gershwin and Porter–all performed in a vibrant cabaret setting. 952.473.8877.
Every year the Minnesota State High School league sponsors a one-act play competition. Theater students per school from all over the state will prepare and perform a 35 minute one-act play for a group of official judges, who will award ‘starred performances’ to plays deemed exceptional. Wayzata High School’s theater department will be participating this year; judges will be at both performances. 7:30 pm. 763.745.6600.